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There is so much information on the internet about acne. Unfortunately, sorting out the facts from fiction is not easy. From miracle creams to home remedies all claiming to cure acne overnight. It can be quite overwhelming, as well as time consuming, trying to orientate yourself around the magnitude of information. To avoid this, here are some common misconceptions about acne that are not necessarily true.

Myth 1: Acne-prone and/oily skin doesn’t need moisturizer 

Fact: A moisturizer is needed to avoid excessive drying of the skin. Dryness leads to further oil production that result in clogged pores and breakouts. Therefore, a moisturizer is crucial in to helping maintain the balance oil production of the skin.

Myth 2: You can get rid of acne permanently, very quickly 

Fact: Although this is a hard pill to swallow, acne is not a quick fix. Like everything in life, acne-free skin is a process and a journey that does not happen overnight. With the right treatment regime, the severity and incidence of breakouts will lessen, however, this can take time and whole lot of patience.

Myth 3: More exfoliation guarantees acne-free skin

Fact: Over-exfoliating leads to higher rate of shedding, which can inflame your acne and make it worse.

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Myth 4: Blackheads are caused by poor hygiene

Fact: Blackheads actually form when a clog or plug of dead skin cells and oils develops in the opening of hair follicles.

Myth 5: Acne occurs only during puberty

Fact: This is the most common acne myth that is told to teenagers all over the world. During puberty there is very high chance of getting acne. However, acne is quite common in adulthood as well. Approximately 40% to 50% of men and women above the age of 25 have some degree of acne.

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Many acne myths exist, and telling a myth from a fact can be difficult. Hopefully after reading these 5 debunked myths it will be easier to identify facts from fiction.

Ngumeritiza Katjimune

Hi my name is Ngumeritiza. I am a contributor at Afterbreak Magazine, I've been writing for the past two years and I have honestly fallen in-love with being able express my views on so many different topics and issues. Although I'm currently pursuing a career in Physiotherapy at the University of Namibia, I believe that everyone has a creative part within themselves and writing helps me explore my creativeness.

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